SEVEN bikers have been jailed for a total of 42 years for their part in a mass brawl at Birmingham International Airport in January last year.
The men were members of rival biker gangs - the Hells Angels and Outlaws - who fought each other with knives, a machete and other weapons in the airport terminal. Some of the bikers had flown in on the same flight from Alicante.
The violence took place in front of passengers, who were said to have been left frightened and distressed.
The seven defendants, all from the Midlands, each received a six-year sentence after being found guilty of riot by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court last month.
Those sentenced were: Paul Arlett, 35, from Dudley, Sean Timmins, 38, of Coven, Leonard Hawthorne, 52, of Wolverhampton, Mark Price, 50, from Nuneaton, Mark Moseley, 46, of Yardley, Birmingham, Jeremy Ball. 46, of Cheadle, and Neale Harrison, 46, of Coventry.
An eighth man, Mark Larner, 47, of Upper Gornal, failed to turn up for sentencing. It is believed he has fled to South Africa. Judge Patrick Thomas QC issued a warrant for his arrest.
Four other men were charged with riot, three of whom were found not guilty. The jury failed to reach a verdict on the fourth man.
The jury heard that the two gangs had a “long-standing rivalry”. Weapons found at the scene included hammers, and a meat cleaver.
Sentencing the seven, Judge Thomas said: “It gives me no pleasure at all to impose long prison sentences on men who are in many ways decent, honourable hard-working family men, but your conduct gives me no choice.”
Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe, of West Midlands Police, said after the case: “I’m pleased to see they have received significant sentences.”